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ShadowEternal
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:32 pm
Prologue


When you were a child, did you believe in magic? Did you dream of dancing lights in the palm of your hands? Did you yearn to soar the skies, free as a bird, or to swim among aquatic wonders? Perhaps you were the sort who wished to speak with animals or raise up flowers where you pleased? Then you grew up and learned that magic wasn't real. You went through life and had to just deal. You never found a new dream and didn't go looking. All your childhood, you only wanted magic and would do anything to have it, but it didn't exist. Or rather, for Erik Dara, it was an unreachable goal. So he left it behind and tried to become the sort of son his parents wouldn't have to worry about.

Before he knew it, he was nearly 30 and hadn't really done much with his life outside of the various jobs he had worked. He had saved up a decent amount of money and decided to take a break and go to college. He wanted to pick someplace far away as the apartment he lived in was still close to his parents', but now his lease was nearing expiration. It helped that he had no one tying him down and making him want to stay in his home city either. Not having a computer of his own, he went to his library to use theirs. As he was walking in, he bumped into the pamphlet stand just inside the doorway and knocked a few down. Scrambling, he put what fell back...except for one. It was an old, partially faded college pamphlet. He showed it to the librarian, but they didn't recognize it as they just re-organized the stand that morning.

Erik decided to give it a read through at the computer he sat at. The first thing he noticed was that it was more faded on the inside, but there were pictures of what appeared to be cats, each one black; various hats that all had pointed tips, and...sticks about the length of ones forearm. Erik felt the urge to throw it away, it was for a magic college. This had to be a hoax, a scam of some sort. There was no way a college existed for...street magicians and stage performers...could it? All the words were illegible...except for what appeared to be a link. He typed it into the computer and waited for the page to load. The screen was just loading up a strange image that resembled the one on the pamphlet when a sudden power outage shut the whole library down. The librarian tried to get things back up, but it seemed the source was external and thus, had to close up the place early. This brought Erik to his senses and he threw the paper away in the trash on his way out.

A few more months pass and Erik finds himself at the train station with all his possessions within the rucksack on his back and the roller suitcase at his side. His lease was up and he was finally taking the plunge. He had found a generic college the next state over and was taking the train there since it was cheapest. Orientation wouldn't be for another week, but he got permission to come earlier due to his circumstances. Now he was just waiting for the train to arrive. He thumbed through a novel while he waited, headphones drowning out the sound of people around him as he always did. When the time came and the train rolled up, the first thing Erik noticed was that the train was painted. From top to bottom, it looked like the night sky and even had white specks that resembled stars. He didn't want to get on at first, thinking it was the wrong train, then a voice blared from the train speaker the route number that was on his ticket. Shrugging, he got on and found a booth to have to himself. As the train left the station, he closed his eyes to rest as he had a long way to go.

Erik was woken up by the conductor, asking to see his ticket. He found it a bit strange, swearing that such a task was automated nowadays, but he didn't question it aloud as he pulled out the ticket stub he kept as it doubled as a receipt...only to be told that was for the normal train. He said it was the only ticket he had.

"Sir, if you didn't have a ticket, we wouldn't have stopped for you. The Starlight Express only stops at stations where holders of the Starlight Tickets reside."

Erik gave a slow blink, only to notice the conductor was staring at his rucksack. Turning, he saw something shining from one of the side pockets. Opening it up, he gasped as he saw the pamphlet he threw away months ago. At least, he thought it was. It was actually a ticket that had the same look about it. The conductor took it with a relieved smile and wished him well. As they walked away, Erik could have sworn he saw something like a tail poking out the jacket. He began to wonder if the food he ate that morning was bad, only for a strange flickering to come from the windows, as if they were passing through a tunnel. He looked out the window and gasped as he saw the impossible scenery of rainbow lights with strange interwoven webbing flying by. His mind raced as he tried to process it, only to close his eyes as bright sunlight suddenly appeared. Once Erik adjusted, he saw that the train was in the air now, heading towards a thick gathering of clouds. Passing through, there was a great space within and there was a floating island bearing a giant tree and what appeared to be a city on its own. The train was plunged into darkness as it passed into a tunnel beneath the island that then turned out to be a station.

Erik got off slowly, only to notice it was just him. He wondered where everyone else was, only to see the conductor had also debarked. He reached out to get their attention, only to watch them removed their coat and reveal themselves to be a cat! He stared in stunned silence.

"Hm? Oh, right. You're new here...and a week early. The other students aren't here yet, so allow me to welcome you." The conductor tilted his hat with a bow. "Welcome to Starlight City, home of Dawnlight Magic Academy and haven to all whom embrace magic! We have been waiting for you."

Summary

Erik is the first generation of new-bloods to be added to Starlight City. He'll be attending the academy which is a skill-based college. He has one year to harness his magic powers or risk expulsion and mind erasure to maintain the secret and safety of the hidden society. Naturally [you] are his dorm mate, but it's not your responsibility to help him. You were just randomly roomed with him.

Note: There's no 'villains' here really, just your typical school reality...but with magic! This is to be a simple jump back into an old-fashioned school theme, but with adult students and adult situations! For simplicity's sake, we're going to use the maps from Mana Khemia. And since it wasn't clearly stated, the train went through a portal that took him to a parallel Earth where magic has always existed.

School Campus
Island Map

Profiles

Erik Dara
29 y.o.
5"4 - 55 kg
Likes: magic, fantasy books, animals, quiet places (day), physical training
Dislikes: actually fighting, wasteful spending, quiet places (night), historical anything, pointless conversations
Family relations: My parents are fine. They miss how I 'sparkled', but they understand. I want them to see this place, but I know they can't.
"I feel like I'm...too old to be learning magic. I'm not the same hopeful child that I was before, and yet...I want to try. To make it up to the old me, I'll learn all I can."

Rent_junkie
Remus Etoile
24
5'3
Likes: Reading, being alone, traveling, and listening to music
Dislikes:Crowds, meeting new people, not knowing the answers to questions, doing homework
 
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:14 pm
Since no one else was there yet, the Conductor lead him to the dorms. It was still weird, seeing a human-sized cat. He tried not to stare too much, but if he did, they never said anything. "Here ya are. These are the dorms for the older students: those who started late like yourself and those who are pursuing deeper crafts."

Erik nodded his head, softly voicing his thanks.

"Before you head off, a word of caution: as someone from a realm without magic, never assume things here work in any way how it does in yours. Granted, you have a week to figure some stuff out."

Erik nodded his head and proceeded inside the dorm. It was normal, with nothing magical of the like. The room he was assigned looked lived in, but half of it was clear for him to use. As he put his things away, he tried to come to terms that all of this was really happening. He sat on his bed once done and stared at the ceiling. "I'm...really here."  

ShadowEternal
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:31 pm
Remus had gotten permission to come to the school early to work on some research for a summer project. Since nobody else was starting yet he wasn't expecting to run into anyone else. He walked into his dorm reading a book.

Getting the feeling he wasn't alone he looked up from his book. "Hello? Ummm...what are you doing here?" He felt awkward meeting new people even more so when he wasn't expecting to and in his room.  
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:33 pm
Erik sat up on his elbows when he heard the door open. He wondered who it could be since he was told he'd be alone for at least a week. "Oh, I...was assigned this room. I'm Erik Dara...first year...I think? I still don't know...how the system here works compared to normal schools..." He got out of his bed and faced the unfamiliar boy. "Either way..." He then gave a brief a bow. "...I'll try not to get in the way."  

ShadowEternal
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:40 pm
"That sounded rude. Sorry. I'm Remus Etoile. Like an actual first year or your first year of grad study?" Remus looked him over. He didn't look nearly young enough to be a first year. Besides he wouldn't be in this dorm if he was. "And what do you mean by normal schools?"  
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:55 pm
Erik paused, his lips thinning as he put on a neutral expression. "Um...actual first year..." He took on a more guarded stance, studying Remus for his reaction. "It's as I say, grade school and all that, where most kids learn about math, various history, literature, and science."  

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:30 pm
"So you started late? You just don't look like you're 13 and they normally wouldn't put you in this dorm if you were. I would have cleaned up of I knew I was getting a roommate. I just had this room to myself last year so I kept it a mess." Remus started going around straightening up some.  
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:46 pm
Erik sat back down once Remus explained. "Oh, well...I certainly hope I don't look 13. I'm almost 30 and that was a really weird movie." He watched the other start to clean up. "Oh, the room is fine. I didn't have a lot of stuff, I've already unpacked, see? I doubt I'll be adding a lot to my things. I'll need to re-crunch my budget depending on how long it takes to graduate from here..." From the way he spoke, it was clear that he knew nothing about this world or how this school worked.  

ShadowEternal
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:02 pm
"Movie? I don't believe I mentioned any movies." Remus sat down on his bed. "I'm 24. Last year I started my grad study. I took a couple years off between graduating and started my grad study. I have never heard of someone almost thirty years old being a first year. You'll probably be much older than your classmates. I guess that means you're new to magic."  
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:09 pm
{Sorry, that was a inside/outside joke aimed at you. 13 going on 30 (2004 movie).}

Erik wondered if he should explain, but chose not to for the sake of simplicity. Already, he was starting to see that this world was different from the one he came from. Which, at the same time, meant he was still in shock from learning that the train conductor was a cat-person. "Oh, well...yes. I have never done magic before. So it makes sense if I have to start from the bottom."  

ShadowEternal
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:09 am
(I know. I just didnt think Remus would know.)

"You probably just haven't noticed that you've done magic before. You wouldn't be here if you had never done it before. I guess that also means you're the first in your family to have magic. Well welcome. "  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:38 pm
[Ah, my bad.]

Erik tilted his head. "You think so? Hm...I can't think of anything strange happening. But I know my parents are normal, so I must be the first." He smiled at the kind welcome. "So, what's it like having magic? I...kind of was brought here suddenly. I'm still coming to terms with it...that magic is real...that I am here to learn about it."  

ShadowEternal
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:00 pm
"It is pretty nice having magic. I think you'll like learning about it. Some people find some of the classes kind of boring like history of magic. But I loved all of my classes. Writing papers was not so much fun. Still isn't even though now I have more say over what I write about. What is it like growing up without magic?"  
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:51 pm
Erik listened with rapt attention. "It sounds so normal when you out it like that. But answering your question...that's like me asking you what it's like growing up with it. Never knowing kagic was real, we just go about our lives as its always been. We wake up, go to our jobs or school, and maybe hang out with someone before going home."  

ShadowEternal
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:38 pm
"We do that too. It must be hard not to have magic to help you out with things though. I guess we'll have time to see what the difference in living with and without magic is."  
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